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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2003

Marker Send a question to Drew Bledsoe [10:49 AM] reports: 'Now is your chance to ask Buffalo's quarterback a question!'

Marker Miami week means even more hype about Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what Buffalo is about," guard Ruben Brown said. "That's what the Buffalo area is about, the Buffalo Bills and how well the Bills do. I've been here when we played crappy or we're not that good, and everybody in town is sad and down and they don't want to go anywhere."'

Marker 'Bookend' pair helping Bills turn new page [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But it's funny how a guy that big can get overlooked. He came here 17 months ago as the No. 4 pick in the draft, the Bills' highest draft pick since Bruce Smith. But he became old news after Drew Bledsoe's arrival. This year, all the fuss was about the new additions on the defense. It's reached the point where people take him almost for granted.'

Marker Wright was cut after three-car accident [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team sources said Wright had his share of problems before his latest arrest. Just this season, he was served with an order to pay a car loan he abandoned in Tennessee. He was given an eviction notice for failing to pay rent on his apartment in Western New York. He also had his furniture repossessed because he failed to keep up with those payments, sources said.'

Marker Bills replay [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who is to blame for the poor running game, Travis Henry or the offensive line? Probably a combination, but one would have to lean toward the line. Henry knows how to run, and he usually makes good decisions on picking holes or cutting back. Against the Jags, he had nowhere to go because the line had trouble keeping Jacksonville’s front seven out of the backfield.'

Marker Do the Bills need to run better? [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unless the Bills start establishing a ground attack, teams are going to start loading up against the pass and making it a lot more difficult for the gunslinging Bledsoe.'

Marker Miami still the king of Bills' rivals [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But Buffalo vs. Miami goes beyond the team. It extends to the fans. A clash of cultures. Chicken wings vs. tofu. Snow shovels vs. sun block.'

Marker Inside slant [5:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We've got to get better in everything, and that's certainly an area that has not been as consistent as we'd like it to be," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of the running game. "(Jacksonville has) a good front, that's one of the strengths of their football team. That doesn't dismiss the fact that we have to run better, there's no question, but that's an area that they were committed to, stopping the run. What they were doing made it difficult to run, but it made them very vulnerable to us being able to hold the ball long enough to let some of those routes develop."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:19 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have won their first games by a combined 69-17, but their running game is a point of concern heading into this week's game at Miami.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:18 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"If we are going to be the team that we expect ourselves to be, we have to win on the road. This was a big test for our young guys coming down here, but we've got another one next week." -- Bills coach Gregg Williams on winning the first road game of the year.'

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September 15, 2003

Marker Bills riding high on Bledsoe's fast starts [9:24 PM]
AP reports: '''The first one, I think, we needed psychologically as a team after what happened the year before,'' said Gilbride, referring to Buffalo's two lopsided losses against New England last season. ''And this one (against Jacksonville) was to prove that it wasn't going to be a letdown, that we were going to come out and play just as well as we could as we did the previous week.'''

Marker Former Bills receiver charged with DWI [8:33 PM]
AP reports: Wright was arrested last Wednesday morning in the town of Hamburg, a suburb of Buffalo, after he was involved in a three-car accident. Three people were transported to area hospitals with injuries after Wright rear-ended one of the vehicles. Wright was also injured, but did not go to a hospital.

Marker Unexpectedly, the D has carried the up-and-coming Seahawks [8:32 PM]
CNN\SI reports: Forgot to tell you this last week, but Lawyer Milloy really wanted to sign with Seattle. So much so he would have taken less to play there. But the Seahawks, who talked to agent Carl Poston about Milloy, are in good secondary shape and never were in Buffalo's financial ballpark of four years and $15 million. Reggie Tongue is good enough for Seattle to get by with at strong safety.

Marker Poor analysis On Bill's O soft spots [4:52 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Excellent response to PFW article on Bills by Stadium Wall All Pro Barry Brady.

Marker Bills avoid letdown to take care of business [1:40 PM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'The Bills were 8-14 in the game on third down, despite a running game that was virtually non-existent outside the red zone.'

Marker A winning air about the Bills [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I don’t know if you can establish yourself as the team to beat after two games,” he pointed out with an eye toward next Sunday night’s game against the Dolphins in Miami. “But we can definitely set the tone for how we’re going to play for the rest of the season.”'

Marker It’s tough to find fault with the Bills [1:15 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, oh yeah, Buffalo middle linebacker London Fletcher wasn’t even frustrated at the short field his unit inherited. “The fake punt didn’t go our way,” he admitted, “but I look at it as a challenge for us to step up and play.”'

Marker TD drives make for record start for Bills’ offense [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'After a tough opening week when second-year wide receiver Josh Reed dropped a sure touchdown pass on a flea-flicker and caught only one ball of seven thrown his way, he redeemed himself with five catches for 71 yards against Jacksonville. “What happened last week?” Reed joked, “All I know is that we won. In this game you have to have a short memory.”'

Marker Jaguars-Bills Game Notes [11:03 AM] reports: 'The last time the Bills scored TDs on the opening two possessions of consecutive games at any point in a season was in December of 1990 (12/9/90 at Indy and 12/15/90 at NYG).'

Marker Unwelcome home [10:01 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: '"He's a very accurate quarterback and when he gets hot he can really hurt you," Del Rio said of Bledsoe. "We stopped the run, made them throw and he torched us."'

Marker Jaguars need to take a few more chances [10:00 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: 'It's only two games into the season, and premature to write the year off as an utter and complete failure just yet. But it's getting close to panic-button time...'.

Marker Bills stick to familiar rout [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In outclassing a Jaguars team that has lost 11 of its last 14 games, the Bills made some statements about their passing game. Their three-receiver formation still is dangerous despite the loss of Peerless Price. Their pass protection is capable of high-quality play. And Bledsoe is virtually unstoppable if given enough time to throw.'

Marker Fletcher tips his cap to Winfield [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They don't come any tougher than Antoine," said Fletcher, who tied Winfield with a team-high 12 tackles in the season-opener against New England. "He's not afraid to take on anybody. I know I have to watch him leading the team in tackles. If I'm not careful he's going to break my record (209 last year).''

Marker Jags watch Drew do that voodoo he does so well [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Honestly, we're able to do a lot of things," said center Trey Teague. "But when we're being successful with one thing, we're not going to do something else just to beat our heads against the wall. If something's working, we're going to keep doing it until they show us that it's not going to work."'

Marker Shaw does great imitation of Price [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Bobby doesn't have Peerless' speed, but he has the same intelligence of knowing what he needs to do and a great understanding of how to get open and get separation. Josh can do a lot of those things as well and will continue to get better as he gains experience."'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've won two big games and scored a lot of points, but we still have room to improve," Morris said. "And that's scary."'

Marker Too hot to handle [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Travis Henry had a miserable day running the ball (21 carries, 26 yards), but did manage to score a career-best three touchdowns, all in all, not a bad trade-off.'

Marker Bills looked right at home on the road [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They staged a frat party at Alltel, breaking chairs, knocking over lamps, spilling beer on the carpeting and parading farm animals through the kitchen. And when it was over, they were tacking a second straight blowout in the victory column, 38-17, and the Jaguars were begging, “ Please, just leave.”'

Marker Bledsoe a coordinator's dream [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the few months since his hiring as Buffalo’s offensive coordinator, the Bills upgraded from Rob Johnson to Alex Van Pelt to Bledsoe. We should all be that fortunate. That’s like going from a Pacer to a Buick Century to a Porsche.'

Marker Play of the game [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills QB Drew Bledsoe: His quarterback rating of 144.2 was just short of perfect. He only played three quarters, but that was more than enough. He completed 19 of 25 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, was not sacked and did not throw an interception. If he plays like that every week, the Bills aren’t going to lose very often.'

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